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Monthly Archives: September 2017

NJIT Researchers Developing, Testing Instruments to Detect and Treat a Primary Symptoms of Concussion

Newark, NJ, September 29, 2017 — Amid the adrenaline rush and dreams of glory in sports arenas large and small this fall, there will be some hard knocks as well, leading to difficult, on-the-spot decisions.

Athletes, coaches, doctors and parents will be called upon to determine as quickly and accurately as possible whether a player should sit out after taking a blow to the head.  These choices can have life-long consequences.

Tara Alvarez, director of NJIT’s Vision and Neural Engineering Laboratory, who studies the visual symptoms of concussion, said, “As members of a team, players feel an obligation to contribute and so they sometimes push themselves more than they should, jumping back into the game before their brains are ready.” Continue reading

NJ Legislature’s New Bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus Explores How to Retool, Grow State’s $40B Manufacturing Industry

Trenton, NJ, September 20, 2017 — John Reitmeyer reported on NJ Spotlight that a group of state lawmakers in the midst of evaluating New Jersey policies related to the manufacturing industry got a crash course on September 19 on how technology — from robotics and automation to biotech and chemical engineering — is reshaping a sector that used to dominate the state’s economy.

The members of the Legislature’s new “manufacturing caucus” met for several hours in Paterson — a birthplace of U.S. manufacturing centuries ago — taking testimony from industry leaders on a range of topics that included how the state currently regulates and taxes the more than 10,000 manufacturers who still call New Jersey home. Continue reading

R&D Council of NJ Names 2017 Edison Patent and Special Recognition Honorees; Event Set for Nov. 2

Chatham, NJ, September 28, 2017 ― The Research & Development Council of New Jersey will present its 2017 Annual Edison Patent Awards on November 2 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

The 2017 Edison Patent Award winners — which include Merck & Co., Inc. and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, member companies of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) — are:

  • Biomaterials: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Biomedical: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • Energy: Siemens Energy
  • Environmental: BASF
  • Imaging Systems: Princeton Plasma Physical Laboratory
  • Industrial Process: ExxonMobil
  • Information Technology: Avaya
  • Instrumentation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Materials: Honeywell
  • Medical: Ethicon
  • Pharmaceutical: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical: Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Technology Transfer: Princeton University
  • Telecommunications: Nokia Bell Labs

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Rutgers President Delivers 2017 Report to University Senate, Highlighting Honors, Economic Contributions and Campus Improvements

Rutgers President Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.

New Brunswick, NJ, September 28, 2017 — Rutgers University President Robert Barchi told the University Senate on September 21 that although the past year was challenging for the country, the scholars at Rutgers are on a trajectory to make the state’s public university one of the best in the nation.

President Barchi presented his annual status report to the Rutgers community, focusing on student activism, academic success, record-breaking fundraising and campus improvements.

Barchi told the Senate that while a number of emotional and controversial issues have been discussed on campuses across the country, the Rutgers community has consistently provided examples of how such difficult topics and strongly held views can be openly and civilly debated. Continue reading

NJ Tech Council’s James Barrood on ‘Blockchain: Changing the World, Starting in New Jersey’

Jim Barrood

New Brunswick, NJ, September 28, 2017NJ Tech Council President and CEO James Barrood writes in NJBIZ on the topic of blockchain:

By now, you’ve probably heard that “blockchain will change the world.” Notwithstanding massive recent hype, it almost certainly will. And its impact will be even larger right here in New Jersey, because we’re at the heart of many of the industries it’s likely to transform.

The web is now packed with introductions to blockchain, but here’s the minimum you need to know. It offers a powerful new way to track value, transfer ownership, and confirm transactions securely, without a centralized authority to supervise, act as a bottleneck, or charge high fees for doing so. Continue reading

NJ Hospital Association Names State Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett as President and CEO

NJ Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett

Princeton, NJ, September 27, 2017 — The New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees yesterday announced that New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett, Esq., will serve as the next president and CEO of the Princeton-based trade organization whose membership includes nearly 400 hospital, health system and post-acute care members.

Bennett will assume her new duties Nov. 9, becoming the sixth president and CEO in the Association’s 99-year history.  She will succeed Betsy Ryan, who has led the organization since 2008.

“We are fortunate to have found the right person for this key role, right down Route 1 in the heart of New Jersey,” said Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of the hospital services division and chief operating officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, who chairs the NJHA Board and led the Search Committee. Continue reading

New Jersey Partnership for Action Leads Campaign to Entice Amazon HQ2 to State; Coordinates with 21 Counties

Trenton, NJ, September 27, 2017 — With the opportunity to bring 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars of private investment to the State, the New Jersey Partnership for Action (PFA) on September 13 formally announced its plans to submit a response to Amazon’s Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a location for its second corporate headquarters.

Governor Chris Christie said, “We have restored New Jersey’s status as a premier location for business, a fact demonstrated by every economic indicator — from eight years of steady employment growth and rising wages, to the historic number of new businesses filing annually to open in our state.” Continue reading

Rutgers Research: Creating Brain Cells to Detect Tourette’s; First to Use Genetic Engineering Technique to Investigate Disease

New Brunswick, NJ, September 25, 2017 — Robin Lally reports that scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick are the first to use a genetic engineering technique to create brain cells from the blood cells of individuals in a three-generation family with Tourette syndrome to help determine what causes the disease.

“This is so important to the future research of Tourette’s and other neuropsychiatric disorders because before this technique was discovered we were unable to study brain-type nerve cells of living patients,” said Jay Tischfield, senior author of the study published in Molecular Psychiatry and MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics.  Continue reading

NJIT to Lead a New Project to Find Effective Strategies to Encourage Girls to Embrace STEM

Newark, NJ, September 26, 2017 — New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), with funding from National Science Foundation (NSF), will be countering the myth that boys are naturally better than girls in science and math.

NJIT will lead a new project — Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary School (LiFE) — to find effective ways to showcase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as a collaborative, innovative, people-rich space, to increase the number of girls interested in STEM.

NJIT is conducting the project with the Hillside, Morris Plains and Weehawken school districts in New Jersey. Continue reading

Event: NJBIA to Host 2nd Annual Innovation Summit on September 27; Focus on ‘Reimagining Your Company to Drive Innovation’

Trenton, NJ, September 25, 2017 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) will host its second annual Innovation Summit on Wednesday, September 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the National Conference Center at 399 Monmouth St., East Windsor, NJ.

The theme of the summit is “Reimagining Your Company to Drive Innovation.”

The half-day event will bring together thought leaders and feature both successful venture capitalists and internationally recognized CEOs who will tell their story on what it takes to cultivate innovation in your business. Continue reading